Raspberries are an epicurean delight that make a wonderful addition to salads, smoothies, muffins and healthy desserts and more.
But these beautiful berries don’t just taste great. They’re nutritional powerhouses, as well.
Raspberries: Fight Cancer Big Antioxidant Protection and Health Benefits
In fact, research shows that raspberries may have 10 times more antioxidants than tomatoes or broccoli.
In a recent study published in BioFactors, explored the disease-fighting compounds, antioxidant potential and health benefits of the raspberry.
In addition to vitamin C and anthocyanins, raspberries contain some specific antioxidants that are found almost nowhere else. The researchers found that 50% of the mighty power of this tiny berry comes from ellagic acid – a potent antioxidant that helps prevent free radical damage and guards against several cancers including colon cancer and esophageal cancer.
Raspberries: Picking The Best
Research shows that berries grown organically have a higher antioxidant capacity than those grown “conventionally” with health and environment-damaging pesticides.
Because raspberries are a Dirty Dozen crop, always choose organic. Look for organic, flash frozen raspberries (try Cascadian Farm) and enjoy these antioxidant-rich raspberry recipes:
Antioxidant Score (ORAC)=4,882
References: Beekwilder J, Hall RD, de Vos CH.Identification and dietary relevance of antioxidants from raspberry.Biofactors. 2005;23(4):197-205. Beekwilder J, Jonker H, Meesters P, Hall RD, van der Meer IM, Ric de Vos CH.Antioxidants in raspberry: on-line analysis links antioxidant activity to adiversity of individual metabolites.J Agric Food Chem. 2005 May 4;53(9):3313-20.
Selecting and Storing Raspberries
Choose brightly colored, plump raspberries. Store in a dry container in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days.